Friday 19 October 2018

Will proposals on policing help to solve more crime?

Rank-and-file gardai welcome back-to-basics findings as complaints are being heard for a change, writes Maeve Sheehan

NEW DIRECTION: New Garda Commisioner Drew Harris pictured at a Garda passing out ceremony in Templemore, Co Tipperary, earlier this month. Photo: Don Moloney
NEW DIRECTION: New Garda Commisioner Drew Harris pictured at a Garda passing out ceremony in Templemore, Co Tipperary, earlier this month. Photo: Don Moloney
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

The report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland published last week took rank-and-file members by surprise. Mostly because of how much it appeared to have come down on their side. It charted how they long felt undervalued and neglected, complained of nepotism and favouritism, how they were often pulled away from frontline policing to other duties, and condemned the hated work roster - the bane of many a garda's life - as not fit for purpose.

"They actually listened to us," said one astonished source who represents the rank and file.

Will the commission's recommendations help solve more crime?

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